Wooden children’s toy 1

Wooden children’s toy 1

Good on ya for choosing to tackle a intermediate woodworking project!  This will be fun, Visitor.

Take a look at the Design Brief for this job, Visitor.  Then come back here and let's get started.

I'll wait for you.

Great, so you have an idea of the scope and requirements, now.  The first step is to start brainstorming.  You're more limited on this project than the others, because you must make one of the two different toys.  But there's still the design to consider.  I'd like you to come up with a list of ideas (3 or 4) that include the following points.  Post the list, and associated pictures, as a single entry on your google+ portfolio.  (If you're not sure how to do this, see Number One.)

  • How you will design your clown (or other figure) to look;
    feel free to make it something else (doctor, alien, detective, scuba diver, etc.)
  • Sources of inspiration (designs you like, themes like "medical" or "aliens" and so on)
  • Pictures of items that you find inspiring - create a small gallery for your portfolio post
  • Detailed notes about what you notice, how you feel, and how the influence seems important to you

Number One and I expect that this step won't take you an entire period. However, you'll also want to thoroughly review the instructions for creating your toy:  Mr. Nosey the Clown toy;  Jig Dancer toy.

When you have your idea set and documented and after you're comfortable with the instructions, you're ready to move on to the next phase.

Good progress.  Next step is to create the set of parts you need from cardboard, so you can assemble them.  This is so you'll have a clear idea how they all fit together to create the dancing doll.  Take your time and make a realistic model.  You may want to use calipers to measure the details on the plans, if the measurements you need aren't already indicated on the diagrams.

NOTE! Our plywood, dowels, and other supplies may not match the dimensions listed in the instructions.  Particularly because ours are usually measured in metric while the instructions are in imperial measurements.  So be sure to check each piece you use (flat wood, dowels, screws, etc) and adjust the instructions as necessary.

We'd rather you build the design in a drafting program (Draftsight, 2D Design, etc) and use the Laser Cutter to cut them in cardboard.  That way, once you're sure they're accurate, you already have the digital file finished for the next phase.

Assuming all that went well, the next step is to start measuring and marking your designs onto the plywood.    Lay your parts out to preserve the wood as much as possible (or, think of it as reducing waste as much as possible).

  • If you're marking by hand, make your marks clear and easy to follow.  Take your time and follow the mantra "measure twice, mark once."
  • If you're cutting parts on thin plywood (2 or 3 plys) you'll be using the Laser Cutter to make the cuts.  On anything thicker, you'll be using the Laser Cutter to mark the pattern, then you'll use the band saw and the scroll saws for the cutting.

When you've got all your parts marked, have Number One or Mr. Marzouk review them before you jump into cutting!

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